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Feeling welcome in this community

I have just begun my eighth month of working for the Ennis Daily News, and the time has gone by extremely fast.
Of course, when you are working hard, you don’t really have the opportunity to think about time, so it just kind of slips by. Also, I feel like the community, from service club members to high school students, has really made my job in covering Ennis an enjoyable experience. And everyone knows time flies when you are having fun.
Everyone I’ve associated with at Ennis ISD so far has been just great. Y’all run a fine school system that always has something going on. The teachers and students here are innovative and hardworking. Because of this, I have never been bored writing a story about happenings in the school district. I hope the readers of the Ennis Daily News have been equally stimulated by the stories I’ve written in the last seven months about these great kids.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, I have the pleasure of eating lunch with some of Ennis’ finest people. Tuesdays at noon, I head over to Rotary Club at the First United Methodist Church. Thursdays at noon, I go to the IOOF Retirement Center for lunch with the Kiwanis Club.
Both clubs are full of individuals who dedicate their spare time to service in the community.
Every time I attend either of the clubs, I feel like the members go out of their way to ask me how I’m doing or how the job is going.
Last week at Rotary Club, in a moment of indiscretion, I told a few people that my 24th birthday was coming up on Saturday. Charlie Mae Presley asked for my address so she could send me a card. Eliza Fulton asked what my favorite cake was. I was absolutely overwhelmed.
My card from Charlie Mae arrived in the mail Friday, and when I went to Rotary Club this week, I had another surprise waiting. After we ate, Eliza brought out a cake (baked from scratch, I should add) with 24 candles, and the whole club sang happy birthday to me. It was pretty much the best day ever. I love birthday cake! But more than that, I was touched by their hospitality.
It was in that moment I truly felt like I had a place here in Ennis. I felt like these people really cared about me, and I want to do everything I can to reciprocate.
My job is to get the news of the community, but sometimes you just have to take a step back to cultivate those relationships that make getting the news so much easier. If I hadn’t had a good relationship with Eliza through Rotary, I wouldn’t have found out about the charitable donation made to The Greater Ennis United Way by the Kinzie Family Foundation. I get so many other story ideas just from the people I associate with in both the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.
This job is built on relationships, but that is not to say that I won’t talk to you if you don’t have any news for me. I genuinely am a people person. I love meeting new people all the time, both as Liz Crawford, Staff Writer, and Liz Crawford, human being.
Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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